Hello people of planet earth…It’s been a minute. A minute most definitely waiting for. 52hz asked Alex “Kruxx” Varnell from Houston to put together a slowed and throwed mix and he really delivered the goods. I’ve listened to this mix already countless times and can’t get enough. It’s perfect for summertime and that extra kick poolside. Take that Texas heat down a few notches with this chill blend of sounds…
He was also kind enough to answer some questions we had for him with some interesting answers. Thank you Kruxx! 52Hz thinks your amazing and keep doing what you do!
How old were you when you first started making music and what influenced you to start?
Well I started djing when I was about 11 or 12, didn’t start playing out until I was 16. I was 17 when I first started messing around with producing, but didn’t start taking it serious until about a year and a half ago. What influenced me was pretty much artists I’ve always really enjoyed listening to, such as DJ Shadow, D-Styles, UGK, DJ Screw, KRS-One, Street Military, Wu-Tang Clan, Jimi Hendrix, Steel Pulse, Funkadelic… the list goes on and on. I’ve always had a strong passion for music ever since I was a kid so I just knew writing music was meant for me.
Have you been a part of any other musical projects? Are you currently working with any other artists/crews here in Texas?
Kruxx has been the only project thus far. I’ve got a few collabs with Sines and Chango going right now, but I have plans to work with many other artists inside and outside of Texas. Also I co-host a weekly radio show on Sub.FM (Side Hustle Radio) every Sunday with my main homie Chason.
What is your opinion of the current electronic music scene in Texas and where would you like to see it go?
I think there is a lot of good music being made based out of Texas right now. We have some unique producers here, such as Rabit, Mike G, Chango, Sines, Soccer Mom, Intager, Wheez-ie, MoonDoctor and countless others. As far as the future, I’d just like to see a lot of these guys get the recognition they deserve. A lot of peeps sleep on the Lone Star State.
Who is your current favorite artist of the moment and why?
That’s a tough one. I honestly don’t think I can say I have a favorite artist but my favorite album of all time is Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous.”
What in trend in electronic music is making you “cringe” right now?
Haha, well I try and stray away from negativity and just ignore what I don’t like, but this whole “Future Screw” shit grinds my gears a little bit. Reason 1: There is nothing original or “future” about it whatsoever, it’s been done for over 20 years now. Reason 2: If it wasn’t done by DJ Screw himself, then it isn’t Screw. Just call it “Slowed.”
What software/ equipment are you currently using for production?
Reason is the software I use. I run off of a Macbook Pro and an Akai MPK49 Keyboard, as well as 2 Yamaha HS80M monitors running through a PreSonus Sound card.
What was the inspiration for the track LADDERS?
It came from lack of inspiration really. I was dealing with creativity block for a few weeks up until I wrote that tune. I wanted to aim towards something different. Typically I write music from a dark place so that just so happened to describe how I felt at the time.
How did the name Kruxx come about and what does it mean to you?
Haha, well I picked up the nickname “Crooks” from a group of friends a while back so I just took that and flipped it into something more original. The name doesn’t really have much meaning to me, I think it’s more about establishing a meaning for the name.
As an artist what factors do you feel would cause you to fail?
Stubbornness and a closed mind are the first 2 things that will cause any artist to fail. Always keep an open mind to new ideas and sounds and approach them in the matter you feel comfortable with.
As an artist what do feel is important to keep succeeding?
I find that being genuine within your music is the key to success. Find a way to stand out. Don’t focus so much on what everyone else is doing. Just do what feels right.
Finally, what is your favorite part about creating music?
It’s good therapy really, I use it as an outlet for expression. Also the fact that I get to share it with others who enjoy it, seeing people vibe off to your music is what makes it all worth it.
1. Above The Law – 100 Spokes (Fresh on the D’s Remix)
2. Al-D – Lost in tha Hood
3. E.S.G. – G-Ride
4. Spice 1 – Face of a Desperate Man
5. Eazy E – Real Muthaphuckin G’s
6. Above the Law – Black Superman (Instrumental)
7. Too $hort – Just Another Day
1. Botany Boys – Cloverland
2. Westside Connection – Hoo Bangin (Instrumental)
3. Kausion – Bounce, Rock, Skate
4. 8Ball & MJG – For Real
5. Lil Keke – It’s Going Down
6. Street Military – Tears Came from Making this Dream